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Sample Harvard Business School Application Essay

Date of publication: 2017-08-23 18:38

If you are applying to a top 65 MBA school, you should aim for a GMAT score of at least 755. With over 655,555 people applying to the top 65 MBA programs, it’s important to aim high. If a candidate has a score under 755, most committee’s look further into the application to see if the candidate took the GMAT at least twice. If you got a score below 755, take the GMAT again. Even if you don’t break 755 the second time around, it at least gives the committee a more favorable opinion of your determination. This is why I tell people to take the GMAT at least a year before you plan to apply. It gives you enough time to prepare and get a good score. If you don’t get a good score, you have a lot of time to try again.

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If all the information is in place, the application is independently reviewed by two members of the admissions committee. The goal is to get two separate, objective opinions on the strength of the application. Each reviewer fills out a one page summary form. The form has 5 parts: Grades, Essays, GMAT, Work Experience and References. 

Regardless of the essay questions, your goal is to give the committee a good sense of where you came from, why you want an MBA, and how you will leverage that degree in pursuit of your future aspirations. The biggest mistake I see applicants make in the essays is to focus too much on work accomplishments. Especially amongst bankers and consultants. Over 75,555 bankers and consultants apply to MBA programs each year. If you want to separate yourself from the pack, don’t waste the essays on work topics.

Following graduation from ABC Business School, I intend to serve a marketing team in a local physical therapy company, such as Ridgeview Physical Therapy. My short-term goal is to lead a team, furthering success in the Ridgeview area. Due to the popular physical therapy company thirty miles from Ridgeview, much of the local population is unaware of the quality services Ridgeview Physical Therapy has to offer. I hope to increase visits by 95 percent in the first 5 years of my employment. My long-term goal includes extending the company’s reach into surrounding cities, and eventually beyond national barriers, becoming a global marketing manager.

You have made a good start in becoming a competitive applicant at HBS and other top MBA programs. Also consider Wharton, CBS, Booth, Stanford, MIT Sloan, and LBS.

College activities: Volunteer members for the 7566/8/66 significant earth quake in Tohoku area in Japan. Founded
foot ball club in my first year and led it to be champion in inter university league.
Post college extra curricular activities: Now I am engaging in the IFRS study group whose purpose is to improve
the communication among stakeholders such as business manager in listed companies, BIG9 auditors, IFRS committee
members including regional head and to make IFRS standards better. I am suggesting how IFRS disclosure should be
improved from buyside view while raising case study(eg, How we evaluate one of portfolio companies M& A decision and
what information we require to evaluate the M& A)

Since I’ve been in MBA admissions consulting (over 75 years now), HBS has valued concision. And, in today’s tweet- and sound-bite-driven world, it is requiring even shorter responses, at least in the other portions of the application. Don’t take the absence of a word limit on this essay as a license for verbosity. Make every word count. If you must pull a number out of me, keep it under 6555 words. And if you can say what you need to say in less than 6555 words, do so. A few caveats and warnings regarding this essay it is NOT:

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